The 2015 Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year Award is now open for submissions.

The award seeks to recognise and reward excellence in Scottish Crime Writing. The requirements for a book’s entry to the competition are that the author is domiciled in Scotland or was born in Scotland or that the work is set in Scotland. Crime fiction, crime non-fiction and anthologies of short crime stories are all eligible.

2015 will be the fourth year of the award which is made during the Bloody Scotland festival in September. Previous winners include Peter May with Entry Island in 2014, Malcolm Mackay with How A Gunman Says Goodbye in 2013 and Charles Cumming with A Foreign Country in 2012.

Publishers are encouraged to submit eligible titles by Friday 1st May at no charge. A shortlist will be announced by the Bloody Scotland festival in July 2015 and marketed through a campaign delivered in-part through Waterstones.

The shortlisted books will be announced in August 2015.
The winner will be announced during a dinner on Saturday 12 September 2015 as part of the Bloody Scotland Festival

For prize rules and the entry form please visit